If you love wine and river barge cruising, chances are you will want to take note of an incredible voyage being offered by Orient-Express’s Afloat in France this summer.
Dubbed the Grand Cru, this six-night voyage offers guests the ability to taste the 22 distinct Grand Crus of Burgundy including Bonne Mares, Montrachet, and Romanée-Conti; a feat that would be difficult to replicate under any other circumstance.
In addition to being able to taste some of the most impressive wines of the region, guests get to experience a relaxing river barge cruise sailing from St. Leger to Dijon through the heart of Burgundy. Major stops of interest include visits to Rully, Chalon-sur-Saone, St. Jean de Losne, Longecourt, and of course, Dijon itself.
Excursions are included in your fare, and are designed to complement the rich historic and culinary history of the region. While in Chalon-sur-Saone, you will be able to visit Domaine Joseph Drouhin’s cellar, once home to wine collections of the King of France and the Duke of Burgundy. In Longecourt, enjoy a traditional Burgundian dinner of beef bourguignon and coq au vin served in the family cellar along with the winemaker’s choice of Grand Crus.
Afloat in France specializes in river barge cruises dedicated to exploring some of the most beautiful waterways of France. The company’s fleet of five river barges are designed to carry just four to 12 guests, and can be reserved on a per-cabin or per-ship basis, depending on the ship.
These Grand Cru voyages are offered on two consecutive Sundays this summer: July 17 and July 24, 2011.